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  • Paul Smith

    Paul Smith

    Non-Executive Chairman

    Paul is a chemistry graduate with more than 40 years’ experience in business leadership and strategic marketing with a number of global corporate players such as Albright & Wilson Ltd, Elementis PLC and Brent International, before becoming active in Private Equity and Venture Capital investment strategy.

    In the recent past, Paul was CEO of first Rahu Catalytics, then the Catexel group of companies, specialty chemical technology businesses within the Unilever VC portfolio, delivering profitable exits for investors. He is currently Executive Chairman of Duranta Energy, a waste-to-energy company in the North East of the UK.

    He has extensive international experience in Europe, North America and Asia, and lived and worked in Germany for 4 years. Paul is a German speaker. His primary areas of industry expertise are in commercial strategy and new technology commercialisation.

  • Kevin Matthews

    Kevin Matthews

    Chief Executive Officer

    Kevin has been a director of both public and private companies in the chemical and biotechnology industries, for over 18 years.  He was on the board of Elementis plc for nine years during its transformation into a leading speciality chemical company.

    Kevin shares the core values of Scott Bader. In particular, he has a long-standing interest in sustainability, having recently led a bio-based polymer business. His earlier career was in multinational chemical companies including, Rhodia SA, Albright & Wilson plc and ICI plc. His commercial experience includes cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and performance materials, with a focus on growth and strategic development.

    Kevin has a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Oxford. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, he is a judge on the Society's annual Emerging Technologies Competition. Kevin is also currently a Non-Executive Director of specialty pharmaceutical company, Vectura plc.

  • Matthew Collins

    Matthew Collins

    Group Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

    Matthew joined Scott Bader in June 2018 as Group Chief Financial Officer.  Prior to this Matthew held numerous rolls with Orica Ltd, an Australian listed Global Mining Services business and Sygenta Crop Protection, a global leader in the Agrochemicals industry.

    Matthew has substantial financial and global experience having spent 14 years living in Australia and Singapore.  He has held regional CFO roles across Asia for Orica Mining Services with financial responsibility covering manufacturing, operations and commercial activities across the region. Prior to joining Scott Bader, Matthew was Regional CFO for Minova Ground Support, a division of Orica, with financial responsibility across Europe, Middle East, Africa and CIS.

    Matthew has driven significant improvements in business performance, processes and controls throughout his career, and has implemented critical change management programs including process improvement, system implementations and process outsourcing.

    Matthew is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has a BA(Hons) in Accounting and Finance.

  • Dianne Walker

    Dianne Walker

    Senior Independent Director

    Dianne is a graduate in Economics & Financial Management from the University of Sheffield and a Chartered Accountant with 30 years of post-qualification experience.

    Formerly, Dianne was part of the senior management team at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Manchester with a broad portfolio of global manufacturing clients. More recently she has been a trusted advisor to a variety of UK & USA businesses in the private sector, ranging from multi-national public companies to medium sized and owner-managed businesses.

    An experienced non-executive Director, Dianne’s role includes being the Scott Bader Audit Committee Chair. The Audit Committee reviews the integrity of the financial statements as well as internal controls and assurance processes and monitors strategies for dealing with risk.
    Dianne also chairs a £3m Community Benefit Fund provided by the Frodsham Wind Farm and plays a prominent role in a number of local voluntary community projects in Helsby, Cheshire, where she lives with her husband and two children. Dianne was given a Sunday Times Non-Executive of the Year award in March 2019.

  • Debbie Baker

    Debbie Baker

    Non-Executive Director

    Debbie is a graduate in History of Art and Architecture from the Queen Mary, University of London and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with over 20 years of post-qualification experience.

    Debbie has worked in a variety of roles in the energy and chemical industry over the last 20 years, and has a background in HR, sustainability management and public affairs. She is currently also Public Affairs Director at CF Fertilisers.

    She sits on the Council of the Chemical Industries Association and on the Business Growth Committee for the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership.

    Debbie lives with her husband and four children in Warrington, Cheshire.

  • Julie Thorburn

    Julie Thorburn

    Group HR Director

    Julie Thorburn joined Scott Bader in September 2019 as Group HR Director. Prior to this, Julie held a variety of HR Director roles in the manufacturing, engineering, construction and chemical industries over the past 20 years. She has worked for large multi-national organisations as well as SME’s with responsibility for HR teams in the UK & EIRE, Benelux as well as Globally.

    Julie holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Business Studies and a Master of Business Administration. She is also a member of the UK Association of MBA’s.

    In addition to her HR experience, Julie has served as Chair of Trustees of numerous pension schemes.

  • Steven Brown

    Steven Brown

    New Technology Development Manager

    Steven joined Scott Bader in 2007 as a polymer chemist within the R&D department. During this time he has worked on, and contributed towards, research projects spanning both Composite and Speciality Polymers. Since 2012 Steven has lead the UK Resin Development team within Scott Bader and since 2016 he has occupied the seat of Chairman of the Sustainability sub-group of Composites UK. Within this group he helps steer the composites industry towards a more socially, environmentally and economically sustainable future. 

    Steven graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2001 with a Degree in Pure Chemistry and then again in 2004 with a PhD in the area of Imprinted Polymers. Prior to joining Scott Bader he worked for a year in Huntsman Polyurethanes researching Polyurethane Clay Nanocomposites and 2 years in the University of Leeds as a research fellow in the area of RAFT polymerisation.

  • David Rossouw

    David Rossouw

    Finance Director

    David Rossouw has been the Finance Director of Scott Bader Middle East Limited since August 2013, managing the Accounting Department, Human Resources and Purchasing functions.

    Before that, he was Finance Director of Scott Bader Pty Limited, based near Durban, from June 1994 to July 2013. Initially joining as the management accountant and progressing through the organisation, David was responsible for the financial management of the company, the Supply Chain and Logistics Department, Purchasing and the Customer Service unit, gaining much experience in the products and markets that the company participates in.

    David has previously worked for the South African Post Office as a trainee manager before joining Scott Bader.

    He is a graduate of Damelin Business college and a qualified accountant.